7 Garage-related Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Dads Who Are Hard To Buy For

Certain Father’s Day gift ideas can convey a rather “going through the motions” approach to gift-giving on what’s supposed to be dad’s special day.

We’re talking unimaginative gift ideas like socks, a tie, a gym membership, or the dreaded gag gift. A quick online search will show you that these are among the most common Father’s Day gift ideas. They’re also some of the least appreciated gifts that dads say they want to receive.

Father’s Day gift ideas that are unique and very practical

Sure, dads generally are hard to buy for. This Father’s Day, surprise and delight dad by choosing some of these unique and practical Father’s Day gift ideas for the garage. They’ll show you put a little more thought into this year’s gift and also make dad’s life easier for years to come.

1. A garage floor transformation

For dads who enjoy spending lots of time in the garage, a dull-looking concrete garage floor that’s damaged and uneven doesn’t exactly contribute much to his comfort level in this space. You can significantly transform the feel and appearance of your garage by having a polyaspartic Floortex™ floor coating applied.

The Garage Living 5-step Floortex™ application process produces an attractive textured surface that’s smooth, clean, and easy to maintain. A high quality foundation underneath dad’s feet while he’s spending hours in the garage doing vehicle maintenance, using a garage workshop, or working out will be greatly appreciated. And your new garage floor project can be completed in as little as one day.

2. Garage storage cabinets for dad’s tools

If dad’s tool collection has grown and he’s lacking an adequate organization system for storing them, it can make it difficult to find the right tool when he needs it. That’s why garage storage cabinets are so useful. With lockable tool drawers and the ability to customize the cabinets according to dad’s needs, storage cabinets make it much easier for dad to keep his garage space organized.

And along with the extra storage space, cabinets also add a lot to the interior look of a garage. Does dad own a high-end car that he loves? You can nicely enhance the vehicle’s surrounding environment by adding custom storage cabinets that complement its colour (our GL Custom Steel and GL NEOS Elite cabinet systems are particularly well-suited for this purpose).

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3. A garage workshop

When it comes to thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas, it’s always nice when dad’s hobbies and pastimes are taken into consideration. If your dad or husband are the tinkering type, what could be better than a garage workshop? A garage workshop gives dad a private space that lets him indulge in his hobbies (and won’t disturb the rest of the family).

Our storage cabinets are ideal for creating a highly functional garage workspace by adding a countertop work surface and, as mentioned, lots of room for storing tools. Our rugged GL Hayley cabinet system is ideal for a multi-functional garage space. An infrared heater can be added so dad can use his workshop even when the temperature drops. And for smaller garages, we can add a space-saving foldaway workbench.

4. A high quality hose and hose reel

If you own a house, you have lawns, shrubs, flower beds, and vegetable gardens that all need the attention of a hose during the spring and summer. Not enough dads invest in a quality hose or hose reel, however. Cheap hoses will crack and start leaking after just a couple of years. And inexpensive hose reels will also reveal their poor design and cheap construction materials far too soon, with wheels falling off and mechanical components breaking down.

Invest in a high quality garden hose and hose reel instead of replacing these items every two or three years. Garage Living carries the highest quality hoses and hose reels on the market. Dad will appreciate having reliable, well-made equipment to use when it comes to doing his watering chores.

5. A more organized garage so dad can park inside

One of the smartest Father’s Day gift ideas to consider is adding slatwall panels with hanging accessories. This system lets dad store his lawn tools, ladders, power cords, and any other items that can be hung up. If dad likes to golf or fish, we have a fishing rod rack and golf rack that are perfect for storing his angling and golf equipment on the slatwall panels. Garage Living also carries specialty storage racks for more heavy-duty storage requirements.

By using your garage walls and overhead space for storage purposes, your garage floor will be organized and clutter-free. That frees up floor space so mom and dad can park their vehicles inside the garage once again, which is supposed to be one of the main functions of a garage, right?

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6. Extra parking space to store dad’s prized vehicle

Does dad own a classic car or truck that he, understandably, wants stored inside? If so, that can come at the expense of a garage parking space for one of your vehicles that gets driven on a more regular basis. Create an extra parking spot in your garage by adding a 4 post car lift.

A 4 post car lift takes advantage of your garage’s unused vertical space, which allows for a vehicle to be stored above another vehicle. Dad can store his classic vehicle up in the air during the months when he won’t be driving it, leaving room for an everyday-use vehicle to also be parked in the garage. Car lifts can also be used for storing motorcycles and items like lawnmowers and snowblowers, which helps keep your garage floor uncluttered. 

7. Better garage lighting

Many garages still use only a one or two incandescent bulbs as a lighting source. Adding an energy efficient, long-lasting LED light fixture can greatly improve the lighting quality in the garage. Better lighting makes it easier for dad when he’s looking for a certain tool or working on a task, in addition to improving the atmosphere.

Upgrading a garage’s lighting is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to improve this space. It’s also a must-have feature if you’ve chosen to add any of the previously mentioned Father’s Day gift ideas. Dad’s dream garage needs to be seen in the best light possible!

Visit our showroom for inspiring Father’s Day gift ideas

You can visit your local Garage Living showroom to have a look at these practical Father’s Day gift ideas up close. A member of our design team is available to visit your home to discuss your garage project – simply schedule your free in-home design consultation.

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9 Garage Spring Cleaning Tips For A Clean & Functional Space

Despite garages being one of the most used spaces in homes, they are also commonly the most cluttered. A study conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers found that 50% of homeowners named the garage as their home’s most disorganized area.

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Garage spring cleaning tips to help make the best use of your time

A thorough spring cleaning can help to clean and declutter your garage space, which too often becomes a dumping ground for junk. But what’s the best way to use your time for this task? Follow these nine garage spring cleaning tips and your garage will be cleaner and more functional.

1. Have a garage spring cleaning plan and ask for help

Most garage spring cleanings can be completed in a weekend. If your garage is filled with wall-to-wall stacks of junk that have been accumulating for years, obviously a bigger time commitment (and maybe professional assistance) will be needed.

Have a clear plan of what you want to accomplish with this garage spring cleaning project. A garage spring cleaning checklist can help with this. Assign tasks to family members to speed up the process. Pace yourself to avoid burnout, while also maintaining a sense of purpose and eye towards finishing your goal. And offset some of the tedium of the task by listening to your favourite music, a podcast, or the baseball game.

2. Declutter your garage

The second of our garage spring cleaning tips is decluttering. This will be the most time-consuming task during your garage spring cleaning, especially if you’ve procrastinated about it for some time. You’ll want to remove everything (yes, everything) not nailed or screwed down from inside your garage for two reasons:

  • to make it easier to give the garage a top-to-bottom cleaning
  • in order to assess which of the garage’s contents are worth keeping or discarding

To accommodate removing your garage’s contents, try to pick a day where rain isn’t in the forecast. Put the items anywhere but the driveway directly in front of your garage doors (one of our garage spring cleaning tips explains why). The lawn, walkway, or patio are good spots. Group the items coming out of your garage into one of five categories: keep, donate, recycle, toss, or sell.

If you’re struggling to let go of items, ask yourself whether or not you’ve used them in the past few years. If you haven’t used them, ask yourself why and whether or not they’re justifying the space they’re occupying. For all items you’re not keeping, have a plan to get them where they need to go in a timely manner. Putting them back in the garage for anything longer than a week or two just defeats the purpose of all your hard work.

3. Air out your garage

Now that your garage is emptied out, make sure all windows and any doors that open to the outside are opened up. You’ll be able to give your musty garage a good airing out now that all the clutter is gone, as the airflow will be greatly improved. Using a box fan or shop fan sitting at one of these openings will help.

4. Wipe down and sweep out the garage

As one of the previous garage spring cleaning tips advised, the entrance in front of your garage doors should be clear. That’s because there will be plenty of dirt, dust, and water passing through that area as you scrub out your garage interior. It’d be a good idea to use a dust mask for this next messy task.

Wipe down any shelving or flat surfaces (aside from the floor). Garage slatwall panels are very easy to clean with just a rag, but maybe the material on your garage walls is drywall, brick, or something else. If so, just giving the walls a downward sweep with a broom will remove some of the dirt and dust that’s accumulated. Use the broom to remove any cobwebs you see as well.

Sweep out all of that accumulated dirt, dust, and salt deposits (if you live in areas that use salt on the roads during winter). Make sure you’re not missing any of the corners.

5. Hose out your garage

Now it’s time to wash your garage floor with your garden hose and a gentle cleaner. For Floortex™ floor coatings (which are easy to maintain and resistant to household chemicals), we recommend Scotts Oxi Outdoor Cleaner. It’s effective, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and won’t harm your grass or plants.

After your final rinse, use a squeegee to remove the remaining water. Garage Living carries a 30″ double blade foam squeegee specifically for this task.

6. Clean and inspect your garage door and opener

Next, it’s time to clean your garage door. Rinse it off with a hose and then wipe it down using a sponge, dish detergent, and water. For any window panels or inserts on the garage door, see the next garage spring cleaning tip. Be sure to attend to both sides of your garage door.

It’s a good idea to periodically inspect your entire garage door system. Ensure that your garage door opener is working properly, particularly all safety functions. Check that your opener’s photo eyes are clean and properly aligned. Chain drive and drive screw openers can have spray lubricant applied (check your manual).

Inspect your garage door for rust, warping, and other age-related problems. Your garage door has numerous moving parts, such as springs, rollers, tracks, hinges, and pulleys. Spray lubricant can be applied to these parts. Garage door spring maintenance can be quite dangerous, so consult a professional if they need fixing. If you need to replace your garage door, you’ll find plenty to choose from in our collection of steel, fibreglass, wood, and full view aluminium doors.

7. Clean your garage doorframe

A garage doorframe that’s wrapped with aluminum capping can be easily hosed off and wiped down in just a few seconds. Aluminum capping eliminates the need for you to strip, paint, or stain your garage doorframe every few years and also adds a clean, finished look to your home’s exterior.

8. Wash your garage windows

Now let’s wash any windows in your garage space. This may include side windows, windows on a side or back door, or window panels or inserts on your garage door. Use a sponge and warm water with some dish detergent to scrub the windows and then rinse them.

Stubborn stains, especially on outside windows, can be removed using pure vinegar. After the final rinse, use a small hand squeegee on the windows. Wipe the blade after each stroke to prevent dirt and particles from building up and scratching the windows. Finally, drying the windows with either a microfibre cloth or (believe it or not) a newspaper will eliminate streaks.

9. Assess your current garage storage and organization systems

The last of our garage spring cleaning tips involves assessing your garage’s storage and organization systems. Now that you’ve returned your garage belongings to your clean space, do you have a designated home for each item? If not, consider using garage storage cabinetsslatwall, and specialty storage racks. The two latter storage solutions make use of your garage’s underutilized wall and vertical space. This keeps your garage organized and your floor space open, making future garage spring cleanings a much easier and faster process.

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An organized garage with clear floor space also allows you to park vehicles inside. There are lots of benefits to parking your vehicles inside your garage, including:

  • vehicles being more secure from theft or vandalism
  • you can avoid the inconveniences of bad weather
  • your vehicle’s exterior is protected from UV exposure, bird droppings, and tree sap

Use these garage spring cleaning tips for effective results

Applying these garage spring cleaning tips will give you effective results with this weekend project. Along with the aforementioned garage improvement products, Garage Living also provides a full range of renovation services, including insulation installation. If you’re ready to move forward with your garage makeover project, schedule a free in-home design consultation.

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8 Reasons To Embrace Garage Organization And Improvement In 2017

If your garage is overrun by clutter and badly in need of a makeover, make 2017 the year to reclaim and improve this valuable home space. There’s no better time than the fresh start of a new year to embrace the garage organization and improvement solutions available from Garage Living. Here are eight reasons our products and services will make your garage look better and increase its functionality.

1. Free up floor space and use your garage for parking again

It’s a common problem that homeowners are unable to use their garages as a space for parking their vehicles. The main reason this occurs is due to excess clutter on the garage floor. We have several solutions to address this and return your garage parking space to you:

  • Garage wall storage: versatile PVC slatwall panels take advantage of unused garage wall space, providing areas for hanging items with our more than 40 types of accessories. They also give your garage a more finished look.
  • Garage cabinetry: choose from five lines of our modular and custom-fit garage cabinetry systems. There’s a wide range of custom options available to suit your budget, as well as your functional and aesthetic preferences.
  • Specialty storage racks: heavy-duty overhead storage racks, tire racks, industrial shelving, and firewood racks are just some of the specialty storage rack solutions we offer.

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2. Get organized and stay organized

By adding one or more of the above garage organization and improvement solutions, you’ll notice immediate benefits that extend beyond just having more floor space. With the right storage systems, all of your belongings will have a proper home and be much easier to find. Dedicated homes for your tools and accessories also greatly reduce the likelihood of garage clutter accumulating in the future.

3. Your garage floor will look much nicer with a new coating

Garage floors need to be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. If your garage’s concrete floor is cracked, crumbling, and a general eyesore, a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating is the best solution on the market.

A Floortex™ coating transforms your garage floor into an attractive and very durable surface, with a glossy finish that won’t fade or yellow over time. It’s also highly resistant to most household chemicals, such as gas and oil. And just because it’s frigid outside doesn’t mean a Floortex™ floor coating can’t be applied. Unlike epoxy garage floor coatings, a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating can be applied year-round.

4. An upgraded garage door enhances curb appeal

No one feature of your home’s exterior stands out more than your garage door. Ask yourself – is your garage door enhancing or detracting from your curb appeal? If it’s the latter, then it’s definitely time to think about an upgrade. We have a wide range of steel, wood, fibreglass, and full view aluminum garage door styles available to improve your home’s exterior aesthetics.

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5. Modern garage door openers are quieter and come with convenient features

If your garage door is in need of an upgrade, also consider the functionality of your garage door opener. An old, malfunctioning opener poses a safety risk, in addition to being an inconvenience. Compared to older models, modern garage door openers are more energy efficient, reliable, and quieter. Furthermore, they come with modern features like MyQ technology, which allows you to monitor and access your garage door when you’re away from home.

6. Create a space-saving garage work area

If you’re a hobbyist or handyman and lack a proper work area due to space limitations, consider a foldaway workbench for the garage. This heavy-duty workbench supports up to 400 pounds of weight and conveniently folds away to preserve valuable garage parking space. Integrate the workbench with our slatwall panels to hold your tools and create a handy space-saving workspace.

7. Car lifts let you double your parking space

A 4 post car lift puts your garage’s underutilized vertical space to work, allowing you to instantly double your available parking space. Car lifts are a practical and cost-effective alternative to a major garage renovation or yearly off-site vehicle storage. To see how this great garage organization and improvement solution works, stop by our Vaughan showroom.

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8. Garage exteriors benefit from aluminum capping

Aluminum capping involves wrapping your wooden garage doorframe with aluminum sheeting. Here are the benefits of aluminum capping:

  • your home’s exterior exhibits a more clean and finished appearance, which enhances curb appeal and resale value
  • future maintenance on your garage doorframe is virtually eliminated
  • extends the life of your doorframe by protecting it from the elements
  • improves energy efficiency by decreasing drafts

Garage organization and improvement solutions to transform your space

These are just some of the garage organization and improvement solutions we have available. Garage Living also features products such as LED lighting, infrared heaters, and wall bumpers to protect your car doors. We also specialize in garage renovation services, including insulation and drywall installation, lighting and electrical work, garage door repair, and more.

To get started with your garage transformation for 2017, schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts today. When you see what our professionals can do you with your garage space, you’ll wonder why you never called us sooner.

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Garage Organization Solutions: Avoid These Common Excuses And Get Organized

It’s easy to put off dealing with garage organization, especially when it’s something you’ve neglected for a long time. Tackling the problem head-on simply feels too daunting and difficult to face. Things don’t have to be this way, however.

Let’s look at the most common excuses homeowners give for avoiding dealing with garage organization. We’ll also explore some organization solutions to help get your garage operating at a functional level once again.

1. I don’t know where to begin with garage organization

The longer you avoid dealing with organizing your messy garage, the worse the situation will become. Dr. Tim Pychyl is a Carleton University researcher who’s spent the last 20 years studying the habit of procrastination. So what’s his expert advice when it comes to dealing with a situation you’ve been avoiding? “Just get started.”

Merely reading this blog post is a small, yet positive first step. Your next step is to equip yourself with the best resource you can have when it comes to combatting garage clutter. Specifically, this means using experts in the field of garage organization and storage.

Garage Living has been transforming garages in need of organization and storage solutions for more then a decade throughout North America. You can be sure that in the more then 5,000 projects we’ve completed over that period, we’ve likely seen garages in worse shape than yours!

2. I don’t have time to deal with garage organization

This is one of the most common reasons given for putting off dealing with a big job like decluttering a garage. And it’s not without validity, as we all lead busy lives. Ask yourself, though – how much time do you lose over a one year period trying to find items in your messy garage?

Taking time now to get your garage in order will pay off large benefits in the future for you and your family. If your free time is truly at a premium, that’s where a company like Garage Living can be of great assistance. Our team of designers, installers, and service personnel will help make the whole process much easier.

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3. My family and I can manage in our messy garage

Frequently, as the level of clutter accumulating in the garage worsens, many of us will just adapt to the situation. This is not a solution. Life delivers more than enough headaches to stress you out, but a messy garage is one headache that’s easily avoidable. The garage organization products and services we provide will improve your garage space.

As a result, you can once again feel the relaxation and sense of pride that comes with functioning in a clean, organized garage. You’ll also be able to use your garage once again as a parking space for your vehicles.

4. I don’t know what garage organization solutions to use

That’s where the experts can provide your best guidance. Solutions such as slatwall storage for hanging items, specialty storage racks, and garage cabinetry will make clutter disappear. Feed your inspiration for getting your garage organized by visiting our unique showroom in Vaughan. All the products we offer are available there for you to see and touch.

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5. My garage doesn’t have enough storage space

We’ll show you opportunities to take advantage of the underused wall and vertical storage space in your garage. Garage Living works with customers owning garages of all shapes and sizes. We know how to maximize your available storage space, even in the smallest garages.

Remember, garage organization isn’t solely about having an abundant amount of storage space. It’s equally critical to use effective organization solutions as well.

Say, for example, you wanted more room in your garage for parking an extra vehicle. To go-to solution for many might be to undergo a costly renovation to expand your garage’s size. A better, more cost-effective alternative is to add a 4 post car lift. You’ll quickly double your garage’s parking space, without the upheaval and mess that comes with making your garage larger.

6. I can’t afford to get my garage organized

How do you know for sure? Garage organization solutions might be more affordable thank you think. The wide range of garage improvement products and services we offer means there’s sure to be something that fits your budget. Moreover, making upgrades to your garage represents a sound financial investment that increases your home’s value.

Dispense with the excuses that hold you back from getting your garage organized. They do nothing more than leave you with a perpetually messy garage, as well as burden you with guilt and embarrassment over its appearance.

Schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts today. They can create 3D computer diagrams to help you envision a garage space for your home that’s more useful, inviting, and orderly.

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How To Utilize Your Underused Garage Overhead Storage Space

Do you ever wonder why so many of your neighbours have garages that they seemingly never use for parking their vehicles? This is likely due to them lacking effective storage solutions, such as a garage overhead storage system.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy shed some light on the oddity of garages not being used for vehicle parking. They estimate that 25% of homeowners with 2-car garages can’t park their vehicles inside them because of excess clutter. Furthermore, only 32% of them are able to fit one vehicle inside because of clutter.

With the colder weather approaching, you’re probably making plans to store a number of things you’ve used over the spring and summer. Where can you store them so that your garage remains functional and is able to accommodate parked vehicles? You only need to look upwards to discover garage overhead storage space just waiting to be used!

Four great benefits of adding a garage overhead storage system

Garage overhead storage brings many benefits to your home. Here are four reasons to consider this type of storage for your garage:

  1. You’ll free up plenty of garage floor space. Bulkier items can take up valuable space on the floor, consequently making it harder to function in the garage. Utilizing the underused space in your garage’s upper areas will get them out of the way.
  2. Better organization. As a result of adopting this storage solution, you’ll be able to stay organized and minimize clutter. When you need to find particular items, you’ll spend less time searching for them.
  3. Protecting your investment in your vehicle. Any vehicle represents a sizable financial investment on your part. If your cluttered garage isn’t allowing you to park inside of it, your vehicles are far more susceptible to theft and damage while parked outside in your driveway.
  4. The convenience of having your vehicles stored indoors. Having your vehicles protected from the elements is something you’ll definitely appreciate during the year’s frigid months. No longer will you have to scrape snow and ice from your vehicles when they’re parked at home. Overhead garage storage can help make this possible.

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What items are well-suited for overhead garage storage?

A wide range of items in your garage are well-suited for overhead storage, including:

  • off-season motorized lawn equipment, such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, and chainsaws
  • car roof racks
  • patio furniture
  • storage bins and containers
  • tires (if you don’t desire a tire rack)
  • sporting and camping equipment
  • lawn care and snow removal equipment

A heavy-duty storage solution for your bulkier items

Garage Living’s overhead storage racks are a great heavy-duty storage solution for your garage’s bulkier and weightier items. Items not currently being used because of the time of year are also ideal for garage overhead storage. Suspended from the rafter or ceiling joists, these storage racks utilize your garage’s underused vertical space. Their features include:

  • heavy gauge steel construction which lets racks hold up to 600 lbs of weight
  • adjustable height of up to 45 inches for increased versatility
  • 6 sizes available (2×8, 3×6, 3×8, 4×4, 4×6, and 4×8 feet)
  • a powder coated paint finish to ensure longevity

Store your tires properly with heavy-duty tire racks

Because of the difficulty of driving during the winter, there’s a good chance you own two sets of tires for your vehicles. If you own multiple vehicles, that can add up to a decent portion of your garage floor space that off-season tires may be occupying. Use dedicated tire racks instead and you’ll quickly reclaim that valuable garage floor space!

Heavy-duty tire racks from Garage Living are wall-mounted, therefore you’ll save space. Your tires will be organized and you’ll have more room to function in your garage. Our tire racks come in three colours: granite, silver, and tan.

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Other helpful storage solutions for the garage

Overhead garage storage is a real space-saver. There are also a number of other storage solutions you can use in your garage to help maximize your storage space:

  • Garage cabinets really expand your storage options for tools and other belongings. Available in custom-fitted and modular and free standing designs, garage cabinets also bring great aesthetics to your space.
  • Garage wall storage uses slatwall panels and accessories to make use of your garage’s wall space for hanging items. Configure the accessories any way you want to hang a wide array of your belongings of all shapes and sizes.
  • Additional specialty storage racks are available at Garage Living. Ask us about our industrial strength shelving units, firewood racks, golf racks, and more.

There’s no reason to let garage clutter restrict you from using your garage for one of its main functions – parking your vehicles. You can visit our unique showroom to view Garage Living’s overhead storage systems up close. Book your free consultation with one of our design experts, who’s looking forward to discussing your garage storage goals with you.

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